You Are A Perishable Item
We are a culture obsessed with convenience. If you look into your pantry right now, I can bet you that there are many items that could be cooked in 10 minutes or less. And I bet those same ingredients either have an expiration date at least a year into the future, or perhaps no expiration date period. While sometimes it’s necessary to keep a few of these items on hand to preserve our sanity, the majority of these “food items” are doing more harm than good. Think about this: if an item doesn’t break down on its own with time, how will our body approach it? Unfortunately, the answer often is that our body either cannot process it at all, or even worse, views it as a foreign substance it must attack and eliminate.
We are what we eat… and the reciprocal of that is “we (should) eat what we are.” You are a perishable item. This is both a psychologically motivational phrase, encouraging you to use your body to the best of its ability before it’s time is up, and also a physiological fact. Your body is perishable, and needs to be taken care of to maximize its shelf-life. Just as you take care to make sure your fruits, vegetables and meats last as long as they can, you must do the same for your body. While your fruits, vegetables and meats can be refrigerated, and packaged with care to eliminate exposure to air and bacteria, your body must be taken care of from the inside. Feed it real foods that are easily recognizable by your digestive system, and nourish it rather than confuse it. Think before it goes into your mouth: can this be readily found in nature? Would this item rot and ferment if I left it out on the counter for an extended period of time? Is this something my body will recognize as food? Think before you eat. You are a perishable item. Live accordingly.